Here are links to some of the gear I recommend in Camera Mechanics and Lightroom Workshops:
Canon t5 DSLR Bundle: Are you thinking of buying a DSLR and learning photography? This basic Canon camera shoots great photos and video and is very affordable. It’s also a great camera to learn on… This bundle comes with two zoom lenses and a high quality SanDisk memory card, plus a camera bag and tripod. Later, you can trade up to a fancier camera body if you want. The lenses will work on all Canon crop sensor camera bodies, including the high-end 7d!
Tiffen 58mm UV Protection Filter: This will protect the glass on your lens-a really worthwhile investment! Buy it to fit the mm size of your lens! You can find that written on the front of your lens.
Camera Bag Insert – to make your own camera bag: Use this handy padded insert to create a camera bag. If the dimensions are right, it will work in backpacks, beach bags, etc.
Tiffen Digital Neutral Density Filter Kit (ND 0.6, 0.9, 1.2 + Wallet): These are like sunglasses for your lens. They will allow you to shoot with a slower shutter speed. Buy them to fit the mm size of your lens! You can find that written on the front of your lens. This kit is a good value and includes three filter strengths.
Black Rapid Camera Strap: I love these camera straps! They take the pressure off your neck. I wear a heavy camera for hours and don’t feel the weight! I use the one that is designed for women, but, due to its design, your camera will hang on your right side, so it’s not recommended for left-handed people. The other strap I’ve used is the RS-4, which isn’t designed for women and works for lefties, too! When your strap arrives, go to their website to see the video on how to fit it to your body.
Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch Tablet, Medium: I love editing my photos with this tablet. It allows me to control my edits with an electronic pen instead of a mouse, which is much easier. This is the size I use at home. For travel, I use a smaller version, the Intuos Art Pen and Touch digital graphics, drawing and painting tablet. The larger version has more controls that you can program to work with your software. I don’t know any professional photographers who don’t use a Wacom!
X-Rite ColorMunki Display: Have you ever spent time correcting the color of a photo and then shared it, only to find that the color wasn’t right? Worse yet, have you sent out your file to be printed and been disappointed by the color or exposure? Your computer screen is probably to blame. But, you can correct your screen, all by yourself! I use the ColorMunki to calibrate my screen and also adjust it for ambient light. It is simple to use… you just follow the instructions. Hint: Laptop screens are notoriously bright. The first thing that the ColorMunki will do is to slightly darken the screen to correct for this. It’s definitely worth the investment if you are using editing software, like Lightroom or Photoshop.
WD 2TB My Passport External Hard Drive: After trying many different brands of external hard drives, I think Western Digital’s My Passport series is both excellent quality and an excellent value! They are very portable, too. I back up all of my photos on one of them, when I import them into Lightroom. And, I store my photos on another WD hard drive. Lately, I’ve been buying the 3GB version, but if you don’t have many thousands of photos, you’ll be fine with the 2GB version. If you have a Mac, you can buy a version formatted for Macs, but I wouldn’t bother. Before you use your new disk, just launch Disk Utility (in your Applications folder) and ERASE the disk. It will rename it and format it for a Mac. Takes no time at all!!!
ExpoDisc 2.0 Professional White Balance Filter: Be sure to buy this for the mm size of your largest lens! You can just hold it in front of your smaller lenses. It makes correcting white balance in Lightroom a breeze!!! Simply hold it over your lens and take a photo towards the light source. Then, put it away, or wear it… It comes with a lanyard. You’ll use the first photo, of the filter, to set the white balance in Lightroom. When your light source changes, just take another shot with the filter over your lens. This comes in really handy when you are shooting indoors, with a mixture of lights in the room. You can also use it to set a custom white balance in the camera. And… you can use it to identify dust spots on your sensor, too!
X-Rite MSCCPP ColorChecker Passport: This is another tool to control white balance. You can use it to create a custom white balance calibration for your camera in Lightroom. You can also use it to warm or cool the white balance.
Here are some books and training I recommend in the Lightroom Workshop:
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) This is Scott Kelby’s newest book about setting up and using Lightroom. I wouldn’t be without it!
How Do I Do That In Lightroom? This is a great reference book from Scott Kelby. To quote Scott, “Don’t read it in order. It’s not that kind of book. This is more like an “I’m stuck. I need help right now” book…” It’s great to have on your desk for those moments when you can’t figure out how to do something in the software.
Lightroom Workshop Collection V5, by SLR Lounge: This is a very complete tutorial set. They are masters at retouching faces, so someone who wants to become a portrait photographer will learn a lot from them.
Lightroom Made Easy: This is California photographer, Phil Steele’s online training. It’s a good place to review what we learn in our workshop.
SITES I RECOMMEND:
Amazon.com: Need I say more? What did we do before they existed??? This link will take you to the camera I usually recommend to beginners.
KelbyOne: You can’t beat the training you get at this website! And, your subscription comes with discounts and a subscription to Photoshop User Magazine.
SmugMug: Looking for somewhere to put your photos online? This is where you’ll find my portfolio. They’re a great company to work with!
MOO.com: The place to buy unique business cards, labels and postcards, just to name a few.
GoDaddy.com: Domains, websites, email and more.
iStock.: My favorite source for selling and buying stock.
WordPress SEO plugin : A great SEO plugin for your WordPress website.
Evernote: I use this free App on my computer, iPhone and iPad. (Also available for other phones…) It’s perfect for storing articles, photos, notes, and more.
MailChimp: The perfect site for sending email and newsletters.
Strong VPN: I use this to encrypt my data when I use the web in public. Works on my computer as well as my iPhone and iPad. Great company!
Dropbox: Need to send photos? Use Dropbox instead of email. Your friends will thank you!!! Also, great for online backup. And you can use it to sync your photos between your iPhone, iPad and laptop! Highly recommended!
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